Friday, November 19, 2010

Improving Our Visibility

The advent of social networking has expanded our ability to reach out to our extended families, distant friends, and our Brethren wheresoever dispersed. As a 21st century Lodge it is imperative that we use the technology of the time to improve and increase our contact with others. Whether it be news on upcoming events or recaps of past meetings, the email and communication channels like Facebook have made the dissemination of information extremely easy and powerful.

It is for this reason we introduce the initiative of increasing our online visibility. John W. Barkley Lodge is constantly at work through our meetings, social events, and degree work. I encourage you to join our Facebook group and subscribe to our blog through RSS or email. What I encourage the most is for you to pass this information onto your Brothers. Spread the word about the Barkley website and Facebook page. Recommend others to sign-up or subscribe. Let's increase our visibility and welcome our visitors online as we do in our Lodge.

What makes this Fraternity great is our diversity. Technology has created a wonderful medium to keep our Brethren informed. Keep in touch and visit your Lodges local and abroad.

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Jason Stitak, PM
John W. Barkley Lodge #621

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Installation of Officers - Recap

On Saturday, November 13, 2010 we had our 98th Annual Installation of Officers at John W. Barkley Lodge #621. Congratulations to all of our new Officers and good luck in this 2011 Masonic year!

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We were excited to have some of our Grand Lodge Officers join us to celebrate. Thank you for taking time out to be with us on this special evening!

[caption id="attachment_106" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="WM Tom Klecan, RWB Robert Behner, Grand Chaplain, RWB Steve Behm, DDGM, RWB Eric Schau, Junior Grand Deacon"]WM Tom Klecan and Grand Lodge Officers[/caption]

We also had the honor and pleasure to receive our Brothers and ladies of St. George Lodge #367 in Toronto, Ontario. This was the 74th anniversary of the relationship started through Brooklyn Lodge and St. George Lodge. We look forward to seeing you again!

[caption id="attachment_106" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="WB Dave Chatwell, WB Jim Felix, WM Dan Sabourin, WM Tom Klecan, Bro. Michael Harris, RWB Bill Chatwell"]WM Tom Klecan and Members of St. George Lodge[/caption]

Finally we were honored to have a strong contingent of our current District Officers.

[caption id="attachment_106" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="WB Bob Stands, DEO, RWB Dave Hildebrandt, DDGM, RWB Steven Behm, DDGM, WM Tom Klecan, RWB Mitchell Alperin, DDGM, and WB Mark Bollinger, DEO"]WM Tom Klecan and the 22nd District Officers[/caption]

Thanks to all who came to help us kick off the new year!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Installation of Officers and St. George Lodge Visit

At 7:30pm this Saturday, November 13th, John W. Barkley Lodge will hold its 98th Annual Installation of Officers for the 2011 Masonic year. This is a very special event and we invite all of our members and families to join us as we celebrate a new year.

This also is our third consecutive visit from our Brethren of St. George Lodge #367, located in Toronto, Ontario. This wonderful tradition was inherited through our recent merger with Cornerstone Lodge. Every year the Lodges visit each other during their respective Installation of Officers. This tradition has been in existence for over 60 years. To learn more about the history of the tradition, please read this wonderful article posted on the St. George Lodge website: To learn more about their Lodge you can visit their website here:

We will have a hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday for our visitors and our Brothers and their families to enjoy. Please contact the Master for more information.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Temple Board Spaghetti Dinner



We had a great spaghetti dinner with thanks due to Bro. Bill Hill and his crew.  There was plenty of food for everyone.  Thanks to the Temple Board for their help and to all the Brothers and ladies that pitched in throughout. A job well done!!!